Conflict in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq is often in the news headlines. Most people are aware of the awful losses being suffered, but assume that it as it’s so far away, it won’t affect our day-to-day lives.
But it can affect us, because as defence secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed, Isis operatives in Afghanistan are in touch with cells in the UK and present a “real threat” to the UK and Europe.
Preventing another “Manchester style attack” is a priority according to Williamson, and 440 British troops had been sent to Afghanistan in August, “To combat the growing terrorist threat posed to Britain as well as to Afghan civilians.”
The Independent explains that the Afghan branch of Isis, IS-K, is comprised of around 2,000 members but is being fed as supporters of various organisations flee Syria and Iraq. These groups have been in direct contact with groups in the UK.
Death of Isis Leader
A significant step in the fight against terrorism reported recently was the death of its country head in Afghanistan, along with ten other fighters.
This has weakened the terrorism base, says US General John Nicholson (as reported by The Independent) but, “They have been able to replenish a portion of their losses by recruiting from other violent extremist organisations. Despite this recruiting they are losing fighters and losing ground.”
Earlier in August 2018, a suicide bombing in a Shia area of Kabul killed 48 students, and IS-K claimed responsibility.
“We consistently see terrorist groups operating here in Afghanistan, [and] evidence of their links back not just to the United Kingdom but to the whole of continental Europe.” Williamson told Sky News.
As always, it’s essential to be alert and prepared, and to recognise that a threat exists. We don’t believe the threat should keep us from living our lives though, and when we take appropriate precautions – such as travel insurance cover that includes the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism* – we can go about our lives with greater peace of mind.
*Cancellation cover applies if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your destination, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure. Safe Journey policies also include cover for curtailment if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your accommodation while you’re travelling, emergency medical care, medical repatriation, loss of personal possessions, delays, and much more. Please read our Policy Wording for full terms, conditions and exclusions.